Welcome to Cantate’s 2022-2023 season, PICKING UP THE PIECES.

Our season title is a play on words — we are excited to pick up once again a number of the pieces that we were forced to cancel in the past few seasons and finally share them with you. Really, it’s what we’re all doing: picking up the pieces after so much pain and disruption, figuring it out together, rebuilding, and putting those pieces back together … maybe — just maybe — better than before.

Victoria Gau,
Music Director


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Pieces of Jazz

Sunday, October 2, 2022, • 5:00 p.m.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md.

Cantate Chamber Singers and a jazz combo open our season with a program that melds the sounds of jazz with those of the English madrigal, the Latin Mass, 20th-century composers, the blues, and boogie-woogie. This program takes you from whimsy, through sorrow and resignation, to love and optimism … finger-tapping the whole way! Music by Jennifer Higdon, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, and David Baker.


Pieces from the Heart

Sunday, November 13, 2022, • 5 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Cantate Chamber Singers shares deeply heartfelt early music of Palestrina, Scarlatti, and Bach, partnered with stunning works by modern American composers Abbie Betinis and Dan Forrest. These pieces reflect love in its purest, spiritual form.


Pieces of Hope

Sunday, December 11, 2022, • 5:00 p.m.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md.

Cantate Concert Choir embraces the hope of the season with a program pairing holiday favorites old and new with celebrations of winter. A program of works by Marques Garrett, Libby Larsen, Ola Gjeilo and more culminates in Kirke Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas and Bob Chilcott’s jazzy and fun take on The Twelve Days of Christmas.


Pieces of Life

Sunday, March 19, 2023, • 5:00 p.m.
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md.

What makes a life? Cantate Chamber Singers explores pieces of love, life, and the passage of time. Gwyneth Walker’s overview of a poet’s life in An Hour to Dance and Adolphus Hailstork’s mystical Seven Songs of the Rubaiyat depict a broad view. Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs and works by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm and Victoria Bond capture the wonder of moments in life and death.


A Piece for Peace

Sunday, April 16, 2023, • 5:00 p.m.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md.

Cantate Concert Choir partners with the Montgomery College Chorus and an orchestra to present Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This powerful work examines the fascination with war in the last century and offers hope for a more peaceful tomorrow.


Pieces of Nature

Sunday, May 21, 2023, • 5:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Cantate Chamber Singers concludes the season with a program originally scheduled for the spring of 2020, in which music director Victoria Gau shares her love of the natural world. Music by Morten Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, Andrew Earle Simpson, Craig Hella-Johnson, and more!


MASK POLICY: To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, masks that fully cover the nose and mouth are required at all times for all patrons, including children ages 3 and older, regardless of vaccination status. Social distancing is encouraged. Ticket holders who do not comply with this policy will not be admitted and refunds will not be offered. (NOTE: Our singers may perform without masks.) This policy is subject to change as we continue to monitor local and state guidelines.


Cantate seeks to maintain an equitable, safe and welcoming environment for all who participate in its various activities and functions, both in-person and virtually. We welcome musicians and volunteers of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and creeds, and strive to create an inclusive and creatively stimulating community. Therefore, discrimination and harassment of any nature will not be tolerated.

Cantate, a nonprofit corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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